Meteffect Recovery Centre, a substance and behavioural dependence recovery centre on the outskirts of Polokwane, recently opened and registered a non-profit organisation to be known as Meteffect Hope.
According to Michele Dix-Peek, owner and one of the founders of Meteffect Recovery Centre, Meteffect Hope came into being with the intention of making inroads into the serious nyaope problem in impoverished Limpopo communities.
While the ingredients vary from place to place, nyaope is usually a cocktail of dagga, heroin, anti-retroviral drugs, rat poison, acid, pool cleaner, bicarbonate of soda, and even milk powder. It is a uniquely South African street drug that is highly addictive and destructive.
Nyaope is relatively cheap at around R30 a hit, but a user will soon feel as if he needs several hits to make it through the day.
Dix-Peek further explained that Meteffect Hope is designed to accommodate those addiction and dependence sufferers who are unable, due to economic restraints, to afford treatment and rehabilitation at Meteffect Recovery Centre.
She believes that Meteffect has identified a range of effective intervention and management strategies for nyaope users and hopes to see these deployed as both a mobile outreach resource as well as through the allocation of resources at the centre’s premises on the Dendron Road just outside Polokwane.
“We have had some nyaope participants through our recovery programme this year with significant success in the addressing of social, emotional and practical and lifestyle skills. We’re excited to share this knowledge with communities in the municipal area and invite stakeholders and affected or interested parties to contact us,” Dix-Peek said.
To become involved or for more information go to Meteffect’s website at www.meteffect.co.za or contact Dix-Peek on 061 072 2424 or send an email to [email protected]
Story: KAREN VENTER